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Not just her father's daughter

Catch up with Pratibha Advani who is determined to carve out her own identity as a filmmaker.



Pratibha Advani.

SHE CAN'T avoid getting noticed. In the age of Page 3 journalism, Pratibha is after all, the daughter of a well-known name in national politics, L.K. Advani. And an attractive face at that. But what brings her to news is not because she has suddenly decided to take plunge into politics, the trend followed so typically by the kids of Bollywood actors and today's politicians. Paying a tribute to the Republic Day, Pratibha has rolled out a documentary film on the essence of patriotism in Hindi movies over the years.

Three screenings at her father's high security Prithviraj Road residence this past week, familiar faces floating around for the do and buckets of compliments on the air.

Finally, with a big, broad grin of satisfaction on her face, Pratibha takes time out to talk about her labour, Ananya Bharati: "I have named it so as it means nothing like India.

The film strings together scenes from patriotic movies from yore to today." Already doing a show on yesteryears' Bollywood films, Yaadien for DD National, Pratibha has also aired it in two parts, the concluding one shown past Thursday.

"For the last three months, the film had kept me so busy. Since it has a lot of Bollywood stars talking about patriotism, the shooting had to happen in Mumbai. But then, I have a very good team of workers," she says, adding that her serious hobby, yoga, had also to be kept on the backburner for this while. Bringing into her reel, factors like Manoj `Bharat' Kumar to patriotic war films like LOC to those made with Kashmir as a subject like Lakshya and Mission Kashmir to the ones with patriotic songs like Pardes to those biographies like The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Veer Savarkar, Pratibha says, "since patriotism is something that excites me a lot, I had to do the film," flaunting her tri colour nail polish as a proof of it.

Tele-serial

Starting off as an anchor for the talk show Swayam on SAB TV, the repeat shows of which are still on air, Pratibha got on to doing Yaadien and the health show on DD Take Care. "The next would be a tele-serial, maybe for Star One though I am not ready to talk about it yet," she adds. Reportedly, the serial would be a saas-bahu fare with Smriti Z. Irrani and Sai Deodhar as the main cast.

And, anything on politics? "Well, who knows one day I might myself plunge into it," Pratibha laces it with a smile. Well, that would be some story.

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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